In 2001 one thirteen year old Brazilian boy wielded a spray can for the first time… Thirteen years further L7M, now 26, has scarcely looked back. From his home city of Sao Paolo this prolific artist has sent colourful birds migrating onto walls on a worldwide scale. In light of his recent globetrotting, VNA got in touch with L7M for a short interview to find out a little more about his life and work.
Thiago Toes is a Brazilian artist who stepped up into the world of fine art after years of being an active graffiti writer in Sao Paolo. As a member of the legendary Vlok crew together with Finok, Nunca, Ise, Vino, Remio, Os Gemeos, and many others, Thiago brushed up his style and skills that he is these days using on canvas and murals.
Recently he participated in the fourth edition of Polo Design Show in the Pavilion Vera Cruz, São Bernardo do Campo, at Polo Design Center, collaborating with the architect Gisele Pacheco. For this installation they created a more elaborate, living concept of the traditional “white cube” style gallery space. With a tree in the center of the space that flourish white cubes to the ceiling, characteristic scent, and a custom sound system, this installation presents the artwork by triggering all the senses. Other than painting the walls and floors of the install, the artist showcased his recent canvas works as well as his latest limited edition print.
Those terrible twins, Os Gemeos have just painted a Boeing 737 for Team Brasil’s FIFA World Cup transportation.
It’s ridiculous. Apparently they used over 1200 cans of paint.
Eye-opening short little video about the favelas in Brazil which are being torn down to make way for a new cable car to service the World Cup.
Some of these buildings have the work of VNA issue 22 cover artist Vhils chiseled onto them and in this video we hear from some of the people who live in these homes and have had their face immortalised on the side of them by him – well until they get torn down that is.
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra has just finished his tribute to the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who passed away last December at the age of 104. The new mural is 52 meters tall, 16 meters wide and it covers the entire side of a skyscraper on Paulista Avenue, one of Sao Paulo’s busiest streets.
Source: Street Art News
We all know that Brazil and South America are smashing it big time in the art game at the moment and it’s always nice to check out some work by artists you may not have heard of before. B-47 is formed by artists FRG and DME from Santo Andre who have been working together since the 90’s and get up to some really nice stuff.
Our man Charlie loves Brazil and for two years running has been fortunate enough to hang out with some amazing artists at Meeting of the Favelas. Check out the film he put together for us…
This week we are spoilt for choice with exhibitions, a delicious melting pot of styles, cultures and approaches! Here are our top picks for the week..
Cranio – Lost in London
Anyone who has walked the streets of London in the last few weeks will have been pleasantly surprised to see an army of blue Amazonian characters taking over our walls. Cranio is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and has come over to London to see how his indigenous men will be perceived by us, as he paints light hearted pieces with deeper underlying questions oabout consumerism, identity, corruption and the environment. He explains: “I want to show things that are happening with the indigenous people living in Brazil. Some of them are trying to adapt; others have adapted really well to capitalism; others are trying to sell the Brazilian rainforest to grab some money and a cool iPhone.”
The exhibition itself opens at Red Bull Studios, Tooley St tomorrow night, 15th and runs until Monday 19th.
Louis Masai – AfroFabRicatiOn
We’ve been a fan of Louis’ beautiful large-scale personified animals for a while now and can’t wait to see what his solo show has in store. Louis has an incredible love and respect for nature and his place in the world and that passion shines through in his work. His work currently focuses on African fabric patterns and animals, this concept has crept seamlessly into this exciting new collection in the form of the Pencil Case Thieves.
Expect taxidermy and reclaimed materials galore among other things. This promises to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It opens tomorrow night, 15th at Nancy Victor Gallery, Charlotte Place, W1T 1SG and runs until 7th December. RSVP email@example.com to attend the opening night.
Check out this video of Louis talking about his work, shot by Tee Byford.
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We’ll let this video do the talking…
In association with Asos’ Puma Black Collection.
Duco Coops shot this super nice video of Brazilian artist Urso Morto (Dead Bear) while in São Paulo recently.
The film follows the artist on a project where he hands out t-shirts to homeless people and paints the odd wall along the way.